Adult Basic Education

Our Adult Basic Education Program assists individuals in improving their educational functioning levels and, ultimately with the goal of earning a New Jersey State Diploma. The focus is on student recruitment, retention, testing preparation, and academic gains. We celebrate milestones along the way for every adult student.

How We Do It

  • Through one-on-one instruction with a teacher or volunteer instructor, adults can complete programs that follow New Jersey Common Core Standards and College and Career Readiness Standards.
  • Instructors and volunteers are trauma-informed and are mindful that our adult students come with a wide range of experiences and are supportive of not just emotional needs, but nutritional and mental needs, as well.

“Tiffany left high school almost 20 years ago. She always wanted to earn her high school diploma but was apprehensive about pursuing it having attempted different programs without success. Living close to our Adult Ed Program, she passed by the Mercer Street Friends building often – each time trying to gather the courage to enter and get started. With great resolve, Tiffany walked through the doors and within just a few months passed two sections of the high school equivalency exam. Soon, we expect Tiffany will pass them all and will celebrate with her diploma in hand and belief in her future”

Adult Education Program

“Nikishau is a mom of four and works full time. She enrolled in our adult education program in January 2021 and was determined to earn her diploma and enter nursing school… which is exactly what she did. In less than a year, Nikishau took and passed all five subsections of the HiSET exam, earning her diploma. She immediately enrolled in a nursing program. When Mercer Street Friends checked in with her a few months later, she was happy to inform me that she had a successful first semester and had made the Dean’s List.”

Adult Education Program
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